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TfL announces June start date for electric scooter rental trial UK News

A 12-month electric scooter rental trial in London will begin in June, TfL confirmed today.

The boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond upon Thames and Kensington and Chelsea, as well as Canary Wharf and the City of London, will participate in the trial which begins on June 7.

The trial is part of an attempt to encourage sustainable and active modes of transportation and prevent a car pick-up of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Will Norman, London Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: ‘We want to ensure a green and sustainable recovery from the coronavirus, and electric scooters are an alternative to cars that could help.

“The safety of those who use electric scooters, as well as other road users and pedestrians, is absolutely paramount, so it is important that they are tested in this rigorous way to ensure high standards. We look forward to exploring the role electric scooters could play in London’s future. ”

Operators Lime, TIER and Dott have been selected to participate in the trial and each will set their own rental rates.

Between 60 and 150 electric scooters will be available for hire in each area participating in the test, each with a top speed of 20 km / h as well as several safety features.

Electric scooters will be restricted to cycle paths and roads as it is illegal in the UK to operate them on footpaths.

Londoners will be encouraged to only use rental electric scooters, as private electric scooters remain banned on public roads.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-18 16:17:23